Interview: Raoul Peck on His Oscar-Nominated ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ Encountering James Baldwin & Confronting America (Premieres Feb. 3)

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In his spellbinding and heartbreaking Academy Award nominated film, “I Am Not Your Negro,” Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck examines the story that James Baldwin never finished writing. “Remember This House” was to be a sweeping narrative exploring the lives, journeys,… Continue Reading

Interview: ‘Imperial Dreams’ Director Malik Vitthal Talks Casting John Boyega, Film’s Dream-Like Style, More (Premieres Feb. 3)

Writer-director Malik Vitthal; IMPERIAL DREAMS

This Friday, February 3rd, Sundance-winning drama “Imperial Dreams” will premiere as a Netflix Original film on the streaming platform worldwide. A pre-“Star Wars” John Boyega gives an impressive performance in the movie as Bambi, a 21-year-old newly released from prison… Continue Reading

Interview: Director Chris Robinson & Cast of BET’s ‘New Edition Story’ Talk Becoming NE, Authenticity & All That Dancing

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The iconic musical group that shattered records and broke down doors is finally getting a biopic that has been nearly thirty years in the making. BET‘s “The New Edition Story” follows the legendary R&B group from their 1978 humble beginnings… Continue Reading

August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ Opens Tonight on Broadway – We Spoke to Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson and His Cast (Including André Holland)

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Opening night for August Wilson’s “Jitney” – directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson – is tonight, January 19th, at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York City. Set in the late 1970’s in the robust and colorfully textured world… Continue Reading

Director Messay Getahun Talks ‘Lambadina (Night Light)’ As a Different Kind of African Narrative

Lambadina (Night Light) - Directed by Messay Getahun

Feature narratives coming out of Ethiopia are exceedingly rare; stories about love and finding one’s place in the world are even more exceptional. Ethiopian American filmmaker Messay Getahun’s beautifully shot “Lambadina (Night Light)” which chronicles a young man’s journey from… Continue Reading

Interview: Producer Kimberly Brooks Revisits First Class of Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls 10 Years Later In ‘O Girls’

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Ten years ago, mogul and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey opened The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG), a school that would provide a once in a lifetime education and opportunities to South Africa’s most impoverished but intelligent girls. Winfrey said… Continue Reading

Interview: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis & Stephen Henderson on Returning to ‘Fences’ (Opens Wide Christmas Day)

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Returning to their roles six years after the Tony Award-winning revival of August Wilson’s “Fences” stunned Broadway; Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, and Stephen Henderson are at long last presenting the sixth play in Wilson “Pittsburg Cycle” to film audiences. The… Continue Reading

Interview: ‘Hidden Figures’ Author Margot Lee Shetterly Talks Uncovering a Rich and Powerful Story (Opens Christmas Day)

Margot Lee Shetterly

Though her father was a research scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center, writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly knew very little of the Black female engineers, scientists, and mathematicians that helped catapult the United States into the space race… Continue Reading

We Visited the Curaçao Set of Ernest Dickerson’s Upcoming New Film ‘Double Play’ – A Journey Rife With History and Understanding

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We learned last night that director Ernest Dickerson’s much anticipated next feature film, “Double Play,” has interestingly opted for an international world premiere, at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in late January, 2017, with the cast and crew in attendance.… Continue Reading

Interview: Shemar Moore Talks Taking the Reigns as Producer for His Newest Film, ‘The Bounce Back’ (In Theaters Today)

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After saying goodbye to “Criminal Minds” earlier this year, actor Shemar Moore is stepping into a new role, funding and producing his first feature film, “The Bounce Back.” Moore stars alongside Nadine Velazquez and Bill Bellamy in this warm, romantic… Continue Reading

Watch Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey in Conversation on ’13th’ Documentary, Donald Trump, More…

Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey discuss the original Netflix documentary '13TH'

Yesterday, November 13, 2016, Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey hosted a Facebook Live conversation during which they spoke mostly about DuVernay’s acclaimed documentary “13th”, which is now streaming on Netflix after opening the 54th New York Film Festival last month – the first-ever… Continue Reading